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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls for St. Patrick’s Day

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls for St. Patrick’s Day

ith St. Patrick’s Day approaching, I started thinking about all the green food I truly enjoy and my mind came to kålruletter or stuffed cabbage leaves which is a classic Norwegian dish. Typically they are stuffed with ground pork, but since pigs...

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Norwegian Fastelavnsboller with a Swedish Twist

Norwegian Fastelavnsboller with a Swedish Twist

Fastelavn is celebrated the Sunday before Ash Wednesday and evolved from the Roman Catholic tradition of celebrating the days before Lent. Often referred to as the Nordic Halloween, children will dress up in costumes and gather treats for the fastelavnfeast. Although we don’t see as much of this tradition in Norway, it’s still practiced in Denmark, who I think are the masters of fastelavn and are known for parades and festivities across the country.

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Cinnamon-Sugar Kringle

Cinnamon-Sugar Kringle

Who has heard of kringle? The kringle is a popular Scandinavian pastry here in the U.S. among those familiar with Nordic cuisine. Often times referred to as the Nordic pretzel because of its similarity in shape, it is said to have arrived in Scandinavian in the 13th century with the Roman Catholic monks. Denmark might be better known for its kringler, and although I’m Norwegian must admit the Danes perhaps have a slight upper hand on coming up with creative varieties of this delicious knot-shaped pastry. The Danish are thought to be the ones who brought kringle to the United States too, so kudos to them for that!

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Sjakkruter to complete your Christmas cookie platter

Sjakkruter to complete your Christmas cookie platter

Sjakkruter, translated loosely to ‘checkers’ or ‘chessboard squares’, are fun looking butter cookies that many Norwegian homes count as one of their obligatory 7 types of Christmas cookies every year. I like to call them Norway’s version of the American black and white cookie, although they are very different both in flavor and texture.

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Norwegian Kransekakestenger

Norwegian Kransekakestenger

Many Norwegian food fans are very familiar with kransekake, the show-stopping cornucopia-shaped marzipan-like almond cake made for special occasions such as weddings, confirmations, baptisms, and Christmas. Kransekakestenger however, are less known.

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Vegan Swedish Meatballs

Before I went vegan, I worked at Swedish restaurant Aquavit, located in midtown New York for a while.  This also happens to be where I met my American husband, who worked as a chef there at the time.  I fell in love with both the food and the chef, and...

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Lussekatter to celebrate St. Lucia Day

On December 13th you will smell the sweet scent of lussekatter, otherwise known as saffron buns, around the thousands of homes in Norway and Sweden, to signify the day of Saint Lucia, the protector of the blind. Lussekatter signify that Christmas is just around the...

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Krumkaker with trollkrem

Krumkaker with trollkrem

Krumkaker are cone shaped, waffle-like cookies with a pretty pattern, and a very classic and popular in Norwegian cuisine, particularly around Christmas time. I would venture to say it's probably the most well known and made pastry besides lefse, and a true symbol of...

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Norwegian julebrød part 2

Julebrød is Norwegian for "Christmas bread", although in some parts of the country this same bread is called "julekake", or Christmas cake.  Not sure why, because although this bread is slightly sweet because of added sugar and dried fruits (raisins, and sometimes...

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